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Title:  Bilingual School & Community Services Clinician  

Status: Full-Time/Exempt for a minimum of 18 months. This position is funded through a grant from the New York Life Foundation through June 2021. Additional funding will be sought for the continuation of the position. 

Supervisor: Director of School & Community Services 

Summary of Position: 

Uplift Center for Grieving Children, located in Philadelphia, PA, provides peer support groups for children and their caregivers grieving the death of a close loved one throughout the city. Uplift provides community-based groups in schools and community organizations as well as training for professionals who work with grieving children and families. Because Uplift believes that no child should grieve alone, all grief support programs provided are free. Uplift is seeking a dynamic, diverse, and bilingual clinician for a full-time Bilingual School & Community Services Clinician position.  

The Bilingual School & Community Services Clinician is responsible for implementing grief support programs for both English and Spanish speaking youth in public, private and charter schools throughout the City of Philadelphia as well as community organizations; facilitating caregiver workshops in Spanish; collaborating with and engaging in outreach and marketing through community events; and assisting in the summer camp programs. The Bilingual School & Community Services Clinician provides peer support groups, emotional support and postvention services to youth, utilizing the specifically-designed curriculum in both English and Spanish. The School Services Clinician reports directly to the Director of School & Community Services.  

 

Core Duties: 

  • Prepare and implement 8-week Community-Based grief support curriculum for children at area schools and community locations in both English and Spanish. 
  • Prepare, implement, and facilitate peer support groups in schools designed for youth who have been impacted by homicide in both English and Spanish 
  • Maintain attendance and evaluation databases.  
  • Assist in facilitating presentations, trainings, and workshops to professionals, caregivers and other relevant stakeholders in both English and Spanish. 
  • Translate relevant School & Community documents from English to Spanish. 
  • Market and provide outreach in both English and Spanish to current and potential community partners about Uplift’s programs through community events and engagement. 
  • Participate in postvention services to schools and community partners as needed.  
  • Assist Director of School & Community Services with summer camp programming, including marketing to families, registration, coordination with camp partners, and camp clinical support, as necessary. 
  • Assist in supervising volunteers and student interns as assigned, and in accordance with professional guidelines and regulations.  
  • Develop cooperative relationships with mental health/social service professionals in the community.  
  • Seek continuing education opportunities that are required for licensure as well as opportunities that will enhance his or her clinical skills and abilities with the children and families served at Uplift.  

Responsibilities: 

  • Stay up to date on current literature and research in bereavement and children’s development literature.  
  • Attend general staff and clinical team meetings throughout the year as necessary. 
  • Assist in annual review of Community-Based and Center-Based curricula, and provide input for revisions. 
  • Attend and provide support at all program-related events for Uplift’s children and families, including holiday parties, family nights, and other special events throughout the year. 
  • Attend and provide support at fundraising events for Uplift including Fall Fest and the Golf Outing. 

Qualifications: 

  • Master’s degree in social work, counseling, psychology, creative arts therapies, or related field 
  • Fluent in English and Spanish and able to facilitate grief support groups in both languages. 
  • Minimum of 2-3 years professional experience working with children and families 
  • Experience working with grief, loss, and/or trauma 
  • Group facilitation experience preferred 
  • Commitment to working with diverse populations and understanding of systems and neighborhoods in Philadelphia.  
  • Applicable state licensure preferred  
  • Passion for Uplift for Grieving Children’s mission 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills 
  • Excellent interpersonal and team building skills, including the ability to maintain effective working relationships with people from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds 
  • Ability to maintain high standards of ethics, integrity, and professionalism 
  • High energy, goal-directed, task-driven relationship-builder 
  • Flexible multi-tasker 
  • Highly organized
  • Self-starter 
  • Certification in thanatology or trauma-related certification is a plus.
  • Ability to pass child abuse, FBI and criminal background checks 
  • Ability to lift 25 pounds 

Please send an updated resume and cover letter to Patrick Oleskey, Director of Operations, at patrick@upliftphilly.org. Be sure to include the position you are applying for in the subject line.